Together Festival 2011: Trentemøller, Mr. C, Pantha Du Prince, Switch, SBTRKT +

Boston has always been a mecca for creativity. It’s one of the biggest college towns in the world (home to schools like Berklee, M.I.T., Mass Art and Harvard) and has simultaneously been responsible for pushing the music industry on-air, in print and in clubs for decades. For the last 20 years the electronic music scene in Boston/Cambridge has been bubbling beneath the surface of this rock-centric city and producing some incredible talent such as Dana Kelley (aka Krimp, Callisto, DKMA), Fred Gianelli (The Kooky Scientist), Morgan Page, Steve PorterPete Moss, Armand Van Helden, and Dj Rupture – to name just a few. But while much talent has come out of Boston/Cambridge there has been a long history of divided dance floors in the city. This is mostly due to a lack of bigger clubs supporting the scene (you don’t need great djs to entertain college kids a lot of the time) in which case the pubs and intimate clubs pick up the music for a thriving scene in smaller spaces. So you have dubstep nights, drum and bass nights, house nights – but not a lot of events that combine the talent and music from across all genres and people. In 2009 the Boston Together Festival was conceived to bring these people and sounds together for a week-long celebration of events and parties that revolve around that one concept – getting together. Together creative director David Day explains more:

September 6th, 2009, I sent an email to 81 different electronic music event promoters and brains of this town. The gist was: Let’s all book something great for one week in February, hold panels and daytime events all over the city, and have ourselves a music festival … and let’s call it “Together.” After a tremendously positive response, we assembled a steering committee to help formulate what would become a city-wide super-event with hundreds of performers, discussions about art, music and collaborations like the city has never seen before. Much of it free.

Together Festival 2011 is fresh, rising fast and we are excited to announce our participation in this very cool event. Starting April 20 the Dubspot family, alongside our San Francisco friends Surefire Sound, will be escaping our respective cities for a long weekend of workshops and events with producers such as TrentemøllerRamadanman, Zed Bias, and Goth Trad, Toronto’s XI, and Dubspot’s high-powered stable of instructors. For a schedule of the entire event you can download the Weekly Dig’s Guide to Together 2011 for a full listing of events and parties.

We’ll be starting our tour of beantown on Wednesday April 20 at the Good Life bar with the future bass sounds of Ramadanman (a.k.a. Pearson Sound) and Zed Bias (a.k.a. Maddslinky), supported by promising North American soundboys like Distal, DJG, and Frite Nite’s Moldy & Salva, as well as XI.

Then on both Thursday and Friday, Dubspot will be inviting some of the previous night’s guests to Boston’s Bristol Studios for Dubspot’s Hi-Fidelity Sessions to show us what they’re doing behind the knobs. In attendance will be XI, Goth Trad, Steve Nalepa from L.A., and of course our own instructors. These sessions will be entirely free, open to all, and will last from 1PM-8M.

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After you hit Bristol Studios, Dubspot will be back at Good Life Friday night, where very special guest Richard Devine will be performing alongside Boston DJs and another performance from XI. Saturday, from noon-6PM Dubspot will be posted up at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where will have a booth setup demoing our various courses, and even a raffle for a chance to win a free Level 1 course in Abelton Live.

To round out the weekend’s festivities, the Dubspot-sponsored Road Warrior Tour featuring Mary Anne Hobbs, Lorn, Gonjasufi, Take, and Strangeloop will be at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club starting at 7PM, putting a weighty end to an already heavy week of music activities. See additional details and event info below!

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DUBSPOT EVENTS @ TOGETHER FESTIVAL 2011

WEDNESDAY 4/20
Dubspot presents: Ramadanman and Zed Bias – Surefire Sound North American Tour
London producers Ramadanman (Hessle Audio) and Zed Bias (Tru Thoughts) bring their unique interpretations of UK broken beats to the Good Life bar, with Distal, DJG, Moldy, Salva, and XI supporting.

WHERE: The Goodlife 28 Kingston Street Boston, MA 02111-2205
MORE INFO: http://www.goodlifebar.com/events/
Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/dKepXv

THURSDAY, 4/21 – FRIDAY, 4/22, 1-8 pm

The Dubspot Hi-Fidelity Sessions feat. Richard Devine: Together Festival, Boston 2011
The Dubspot Hi-Fidelity Sessions represent what Dubspot aspires to bring the public: unique and exciting ways for uniting the electronic music scene and educating the people within it. At each stop, a select group of world-class DJs, producers, sound designers, and musicians join top-notch Dubspot instructors to present production and performance strategies in an intimate workshop environment. We’re looking forward to sharing ideas, joining communities, and of course, having some fun Together. We’re elated to announce that special guest Richard Devine will be joining the Dubspot crew for our Hi-Fidelity sessions at the Together Festival. A true sound pioneer, Devine has released material on Warp and the Schematics imprint. Devine is also known for his prolific sound design work, contributing patches to popular Native Instruments plug-ins. Devine is also known for his extensive sample library, the Electronic Music Manuscript, made for Sony Creative Software.Artist workshops featuring Goth Trad (Japan), XI (Toronto), Steve Nalepa (LA), Duncan Laurie + Ableton, Native Instruments, Propellerheads and Dubspot Instructors.  More details to come.

WHEREBristol Studios
169 Massachusetts Ave • Boston • MA • 02115
Fee: FREE

FRIDAY, 4/22
Dubspot & Bassic present: Together Japan w/ Richard Devine, Goth Trad, & XI
Local Openers 10-11
XI 11-12am
Richard Devine 12-1am

WHEREThe Goodlife
28 Kingston Street
Boston, MA 02111-2205
Fee: FREE

SATURDAY, 4/23
Come visit Dubspot at the Together Festival’s Get Together” at Mass Art! Get a demo from our top instructors, learn about Dubspot Online and enter into our raffle for a chance to win a free Ableton Live Level 1 ONLINE Course!

WHEREPozen Center at MassArt
621 Huntington Ave Boston, MA
Entrance is located on Evans Way
Fee: FREE

SUNDAY, 4/24
Dubspot & Eleven Eleven Agency: Mary Anne Hobbs w/ Lorn
Catch the Boston stop of Mary Anne’s THE ROAD WARRIOR TOUR at the end of the Together Festival.  Show will feature a mixed series of solo performances and curated showcase that features Gonjasufi, Lorn, Take, Strangeloop, and other special guests at the showcases while Hobbs performs solo.  Tickets available at Groovetickets.

WHERE: Paradise Rock Club
967 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
WHEN: doors at 7 PM;
FEE: 18+ show; Advance Box Office Price $15


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